As the world becomes more globally connected and the information is to be gathered from a multitude of places, teachers shouldn't have to compete with these other formats to help students learn. Teachers should be engaging students with the tools they are already using, expanding their use and knowledge of the formats and letting kids choose their own adventures. The new role of the teacher is as the facilitator of learning, collaborator, and resource to the students who often have different knowledge that can help inform teaching.


Guest blogger Greg Fredricks shared how his district involved students in the process to handle March 14 in a safe and meaningful way.


Guest blogger Angela Abend shares how her 6th grade students chose the charity "Out on a Limb" to improve the lives of children with limb loss both domestically and internationally, by strengthening the amputee community, and providing pediatric prosthetic care for all.


Educators from all over the world took the time to answer my call on social media to share the one thing they would change in education and why they would change it. Read on to see if your one thing is mentioned.


No amount of testing is going to show the full scope of what students know and can do or how well teachers are able to educate them. We all need to work together to shift this paradigm because it isn't working.


As I grow as a school leader, every day is an opportunity for learning and growth. Working with my colleagues and my team, I know we can build a learning organization we all want to be a part of that both nurtures student innovation and learning. And as my professional learning continues, I will embrace the forward movement as I did as a teacher, fearlessly. At the end of the day, it is all about kids and they deserve the best.


One thing is clear when reading is presenting in a way that students enjoy, the love of the written word is nurtured. The more we give students the opportunity to choose what they are reading and then allow them to be creative in how they share what they've read, the more they will persist in their reading.


There are too many things to do each day and it could be easy to miss these important listening opportunities, but I care too much about doing this job well to allow them to slip away. My door is always open, but until I'm here longer, I need to meet everyone where it is most convenient for them


As each news cycle completes and another travesty takes place, we have to ask ourselves what is it going to take to make the necessary changes to ensure all school children are safe? We can hardly focus on student learning if our students are too afraid to come to school. These mass shootings leave a scar on communities that don't ever heal completely and no amount of safety drills can truly prepare a school for such an event.


Guest blogger Azima Thakor shares her experiences about changing assessment in her classroom and within her school community. How are you currently assessing students and how's that working for you? This is the second part of a two-part post.


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